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"Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the LORD do that which is good in His sight" (I Chronicles 19:13).

Friday, May 12, 2017

Speaking the Truth in Love May Be Hard at Times, But it is Not Complicated

Near the beginning of the year 2017, a meme appeared on social media, created by a prolife organization.


This sentiment is pervasive, both in the pro-life community and in the Christian community.  I have heard respected conservative politicians, pro-life leaders and famous preachers, saying either... 

that abortion should not be called murder, because that is insensitive, and we'll turn people away from our position, or

that abortion should not be treated like murder and mothers who pay a hitman to kill their preborn children should not be prosecuted. 

Essentiallythat it is not loving to call women who abort their children "murderers".  That it is too complicated a matter, that they are victims, that we must not be offensive. 

This has been going on for a long time, and has become an accepted dogma for almost the whole of society, both pro-life and pro-choice.

The problem?   


"We are to speak the truth in love, but we must ALWAYS speak the truth."

As an abolitionist, I call abortion "murder" because it is murder, and because I know the God Who can forgive and save repentant murderers.

To not tell the truth, and leave someone with false assurance that they have not committed the act of murder, placating their conscience by treating them like the victim rather than the victim being the child they paid to have slain, and to not lead to them to Christ for cleansing is HATEFUL.

It is a disservice to the woman, 
a betrayal to their murdered baby, 
and an affront to the God of all truth. 

Consider the words of this passage, especially the last verse.

Jeremiah 23:16-17,21-22 "Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD. 
They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you...
I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.
But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings."

But, is telling a woman who has already had an abortion that she is a murderer really showing Christ-like compassion?

Yes!  It is the compassion of Christ that motivates me to tell them the truth!

I have spoken to hundreds of women walking into an abortion mill to kill their baby, and it is the love of Christ which constrains me to plead with them to not become murderers. As they are stumbling to the slaughter, it is out of love that I speak truth so that it might prick their conscience and keep them from the blood guilt that will be theirs.  

I have spoken with many who have committed murder to their pre-born child earlier in their life, and it is the love of Christ which constrains me to call them to repentance and find healing in Christ alone.   
I know many abolitionist sisters who have had abortions, and abolitionist brothers who have paid for abortions.  They all call themselves murderers saved by the grace of God

I met a woman who was passing by an abortion mill in Kansas City, Kansas, who told me that she had been sent to prison for killing another person.  In order to share the Gospel it is important that we never whitewash sin.  Sin must be called sin.  When someone admits to doing wrong, speaking the truth may seem hard at times, but it is never complicated!

I told her the exact same thing I had just been telling mothers walking inside to pay for an abortion and pleaded with her to repent and trust in Christ alone for her salvation! 

We spoke for about 15 minutes (quite an interesting conversation), and before she left, she told me that she thought I was the kindest and noblest man she had ever met. I responded that any good she saw in me was because of Jesus Christ (and I only share this to demonstrate that telling this woman the truth about her murder was not unloving and she recognized that I truly cared for her).   

Revelation 21:8 "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."

Christians, let us speak the truth.

Another morning, at the abortion mill, I talked with a mother who had heard me preaching at the gates of death, and had just turned away from aborting her child.  As we spoke, she admitted to having had a previous abortion six months before.  

Even as I rejoiced with her over the baby alive within her, I openly shared with her that the other baby was just as much a human being as this one and that she had murdered that child.  As I counseled her to repent of that former murder, turn to Jesus Christ for His cleansing, and grieve over that precious baby's death, tears filled her eyes!  She listened.  She exchanged contact information with us.  We went on to have a huge baby shower for her little bundle of a boy, and continue to engage her in relationship!  

Speaking the truth in love may be hard to do sometimes, but it is not complicated.

Ephesians 4:15 "But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:"

Abortion is murder and must be abolished.